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Residents wearing face  practise social distancing as they wait to be tested at a makeshift Covid-19 rapid testing centre near the Bach Mai hospital in Hanoi in March 2020. File photograph: Manan Vatsyayana/AFP via Getty

Scientists in Vietnam have discovered a new coronavirus variant that is a hybrid of strains first found in India and the UK, the country’s health mini(...)

Aergo’s fleet now stands at 80 aircraft, according to its chief executive. Photograph: Toru Hanai/Reuters

Irish aircraft lessor Aergo Capital hopes to amass a fleet of 100 planes worth $2 billion (€1.65 billion) by the year end as it cashes in on opportuni(...)

US president Joe Biden with military service members at a Covid-19 vaccination site at Joint Base Langley-Eustis in Hampton, Virginia, on Friday. Photograph: Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty Images

The United States is expecting one of the busiest travel weekends since the pandemic began, as thousands of Americans take to the skies for Memorial w(...)

While the digital Covid certificate  system  is set for formal launch on July 1st, Greece has announced  it is ready to use the system earlier as it is keen to start its summer tourism season. Photograph: Getty Images

Europe Correspondent What is the EU digital Covid certificate? The digital Covid certificate is aimed to help EU residents demonstrate whether they(...)

UN high commissioner for human rights Michelle Bachelet on-screen yesterday during a special session of the UN Human Rights Council to discuss the situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territory.  Photograph: Martial Trezzini/EPA

Israel has reacted angrily to the decision by the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) to launch an investigation against it for alleged war cr(...)

Media mogul Jimmy Lai  is escorted   from  a Correctional Services Department vehicle  into court  in Hong Kong. This May he  and nine other activists pleaded guilty in a district court to organising an unauthorised assembly. Photograph:  EPA/Jerome Favre

Jailed Hong Kong media tycoon and Beijing critic Jimmy Lai was given a new prison sentence of 14 months on Friday over his role in an unauthorised as(...)

US president Joe Biden eats an ice cream at Honey Hut Ice Cream in Cleveland, Ohio, on Thursday. Photograph: Nicholas Kamm/AFP via Getty Images

US president Joe Biden has urged Republicans to back an ambitious infrastructure plan, as negotiations continued on Capitol Hill on a proposal to upgr(...)

US president Joe Biden. Photograph: Nicholas Kamm/AFP via Getty

Joe Biden has ordered the US intelligence community to intensify its efforts to study the origins of coronavirus, adding that it will continue to pres(...)

Italy’s prime minister Mario Draghi: “The level of interference, whether through spies as we saw recently, or online manipulation, has really become alarming.” Photograph: Alessia Pierdomenico/Bloomberg

At the height of the British government’s sluggish and confused initial reaction to the Covid-19 pandemic, prime minister Boris Johnson’s team were un(...)

The P4 laboratory at the Wuhan Institute of Virology in China. Photograph: Hector Retamal/AFP via Getty Images

China has angrily rejected White House calls for an investigation into the possibility that Covid-19 escaped from a Wuhan laboratory, a theory that st(...)

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